Manchester home for 40 more HIV-infected children

Projects Abroad Jamaica Country Director Dr Bridgette Barrett speaking about the Belle Haven Centre which is to be built in
Central Manchester for children and women living with HIV/AIDS at a Rotaract Club meeting at the Northern Caribbean University
last Wednesday. (PHOTO: PROJECTS ABROAD)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The seven acres of leased government land at Belretiro in Central Manchester is now a sprawling green space. However, there is hope that the beginning of its transformation into a residential facility for children and women living with HIV/AIDS should be realised by y ... Read More

Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) Slowfund-raising for Mandeville heart patient
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — More than a month since Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell reac ... Read More

Dominic Anderson Jackson Town residents protest traffic death of 7-y-o boy
TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- Irate residents Friday afternoon mounted a roadblock along a section of the Jac ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett telling the Christiana meeting of having lived in Mandeville and
voting for the JLP in 1980. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) St Aubyn Bartlett targets Central Manchester
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The "interest" being shown by former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parli ... Read More

From journalist to herbalist

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 07, 2014    

Dyer has put journalism behind him.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — For 11 years Rayon Dyer practised freelance journalism from his base in this historic coastal town. He wrote for The Gleaner newspaper and also became a broadcaster channelling sponsored radio programmes focused on what he described as "positive happenings" via established radio networks. But the way he tells it, he was always nagged by the need to go his own way and be, in a real sense, his own boss. That need became an imperative in 2009 when The Gleaner di ... Read More


Monday, April 07, 2014    

Krystannia Williams (292 - finger in the air) of
Edwin Allen High wins the Class one 100m. Her
teammate Monique Spencer (288) placed third.

Edwin Allen High cruised to their second girls' title at the ISSA/Grace Kennedy high schools' athletics championships at the National Stadium just over a week ago. Edwin Allen, based in Frankfield, northern Clarendon, dominated all opposition amassing 337.5 points. Second-placed St Jago High were 74.5 points behind. Several other schools in south central Jamaica, including Holmwood Technical High, Vere Technical High, St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), Manchester High, and Munro College al ... Read More

New Mandeville high school to be sited at Mount St Joseph

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Mount St Joseph Preparatory on Manchester Road in Mandeville. In addition to land for construction, some unused buildings will be made available for a proposed new high school on the property. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Negotiations are well advanced for a publicly run high school component to be established at Roman Catholic-run Mount St Joseph Preparatory School on Manchester Road in this south central town. Marcia Tai Chun, who is representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mandeville in the discussions, told Observer Central by telephone on Saturday that while there was considerable caution, discussions were going well. "We are in the final stages of getting things signed off ... Read More

PHOTO: Edwin's joy

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Athletes and support staff celebrate Edwin Allen High's victory in the girls' segment of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on March 29. Edwin Allen High, from Frankfield in northern Clarendon, amassed 337.5 points, way ahead of nearest rivals St Jago High with 263 points. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Edwin's joy --> Read More

Jamalco hailed for health fair

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Nurse Shauna Bartley-Newell (left) conducts a blood sugar and cholesterol check on Hayes, Newtown resident Linive Amritt. (PHOTO: JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — One hundred residents from Hayes, Newtown benefited from a free health and information fair held at Newtown Independent Baptist Church recently. Bauxite/alumina company Jamalco, through its collaboration with several agencies including the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Tax Administration Jamaica, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Clarendon Health Department and Mead Johnson Jamaica Limited, provided various services for people living in and around th ... Read More

St Elizabeth's first female custos installed

Monday, April 07, 2014    

New custos of St Elizabeth
Beryl Rochester receives the
Magistrates’ Roll from Governor
General Sir Patrick Allen.

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Beryl Rochester was formally installed as St Elizabeth's first woman custos during a colourful ceremony at Independence Park in Black River on March 27. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presented the new custos with the Insignia of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class which goes to all custodes. In line with tradition, Sir Patrick also presented Rochester with the Grand Commission and the Magistrates' Roll for St Elizabeth. As custos of the parish, Roch ... Read More

Arctic science expedition for Porus teacher

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Jamalco’s Communications Specialist Ealane Livingston Smith and Porus High School Principal
Michael Stewart (left) read the letter confirming the Earthwatch Fellowship awarded to science
teacher Luke McKenzie while congratulating him on the award. (PHOTO: JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Head of the Science Department at Porus High School Luke McKenzie has been awarded an Earthwatch Fellowship by the Teach Earth USA Programme, according to a news release from bauxite/alumina company Jamalco. Funded by the Alcoa Foundation, the fellowship will allow McKenzie to participate in a one-week scientific expedition called Climate Change at Arctic Edge from July 10-20. The exercise will involve scientific field research and education. McKenzie, who also teac ... Read More

Women's networking group builds membership

Monday, April 07, 2014    

Participants at a women entrepreneurs network workshop in Santa Cruz. (PHOTOS: AINSLEY CLARKE)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Intent on building membership as well as capacity, the networking group Women Entrepreneurs Network of the Caribbean (WENC) recently visited this south central town to meet with businesswomen, including farmers. Head of the Jamaica chapter Ethnie Miller Simpson said the longer-term aim was to provide training and know-how for women in business. "Our intention is to meet with women business owners across the island... the intention is to first of all build our m ... Read More

Pig farmers in trouble

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 06, 2014    

Pig farmers at the Hi-Pro-hosted
training seminar in late February.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Pressed to the wall by "un-competitively" low returns for pork, Jamaica's pig farmers are gearing up for concerted action to force a price increase. "We have had consultations and we believe we have to insist on an across-the-board price increase of at least five per cent," Delroy Manya, president of the 12-year-old Jamaica Pig Farmers Association, told the Jamaica Observer. "We can't continue like this," Manya declared, "prices to pig farmers have actually ... Read More

Ritchies gets new early childhood centre

Saturday, April 05, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (third left), Ritchies Early Childhood Institution student, Dantonique Schloss (forefront), and early childhood development officer, Region 6, Simone Riley Morris cut the ribbon symbolising the official opening of the Ritchies Early Childhood Institution during a ceremony at the institution's premises in Ritchies, North West Clarendon on Wednesday. Sharing in the moment (from background left) are: Principal Arnella Morris; MP Richard Azan, and general manag ... Read More



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